Arario New York is pleased to present Yue Minjun: Smile-isms, an exhibition of new works by the internationally renowned artist Yue Minjun. On view from October 29 through January 16, 2010.

The exhibition of a new set of 28 original prints will be shown for the first time. These prints beautifully illustrate the iconic laughing face and figure of the artist as seen manifested in various states of solitary play and fantastical camaraderie. Yue Minjun’s joyful, smiling figures offer an ironic commentary on the concept of personal freedom and happiness in modern Chinese society. The set of prints will be accompanied by the sculptures as well as paintings.

Yue Minjun has been one of China’s leading contemporary artists. Emerging in response to the Tiananmen Square incident of June 1989, he has been a key figure in the Cynical Realism movement. 

 His artwork in reference to the Tiananmen Square incident has in the past has attracted a great deal of attention, in part due to the alleged underlying political message, as well as  the record prices that his art’s been able to fetch;  With his most expensive “Gweong-gweong” piece selling for US $6.9 million in 2008, not to mention the ‘Execution’  piece (seen below) which became the most expensive work ever by a Chinese contemporary artist at the time, sold in 2007 for £2.9 million pounds (US $5.9 million) at London’s Sotheby’s, a week after his painting ‘Massacre of Chios’ sold at the Hong Kong Sotheby’s for nearly $4.1 million.

A great exhibition not to be missed if you are a fan of Chinese contemporary art. A reception will be held at the gallery on October 29, 6-8 pm.


Yue Minjun Smile-isms at Arario Gallery
October 29 – January 16, 2010
Opening Reception October 29, 6-8pm.